The obsession of the Brits with the Royal Family of the country is well known. Every royal event calls for celebration there and there’s always a frenzied fan following that gives the members of the royal family a celebrity status; of course, Prince William is among the biggest of them. All this frenzy has led to a few security threats to the Prince, which although not intentional, is pretty serious in nature. The threat has come in the form of an app that’s just 2.99 British pounds and has raised a serious security concern.
The App Tracks William’s Air Ambulance
The App called Flightradar 24 is capable of tracking William’s air ambulance everytime it takes off. For the Prince’s fans this could be fun way to know whether their favorite idol is flying over their head. The 2.99-pound app can track the chopper when it’s flying at speeds of 150 miles per hour.
The concern, however, is that this simple app can be used by terrorists to track the movements of the Prince. Most air ambulance choppers fly at about 1500 feet from the ground. This means a terrorist can reach the air ambulance with lethal weapons like rocket launchers easily. Even a high-quality drone can be used to cause some serious trouble.
To make matters worse, it was reported that the details were even being published on a website. Such information could be worthy intelligence for a terrorist waiting to cause some damage in the airbase.
It’s Not Just Air Ambulance Details
The app was so far used to track civilian and commercial aerial vehicles but flights carrying diplomats, private air crafts and military vehicles were excluded. Some security experts have raised concern that such information should have been brought down long ago. UK’s Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell described the entire fiasco as a “flaw in Price William’s security.” The lapse was brought to light by the country’s leading news agency The Daily Mail.